Robert Mugabe used the United Nations podium on Monday evening to attack homosexuality in front of the General Assembly.
Deviating from his prepared remarks, the 91-year-old leader of Zimbabwe reportedly
barked: “We are not gays!”
Mr Mugabe made the comment as he criticised Western nations’ “double standards” and attempts to “prescribe ‘new rights’ that are contrary to our values, norms, traditions and beliefs.”
Zimbabwe has one of the worst LGBT rights records on the African continent, with the country’s leader frequently demonising homosexuality. In 2013 he described homosexuals
as “worse than pigs, goats and birds.”
In the same speech Zimbabwe’s leader – who has been in power since 1987 – claimed the UN Human Rights charter did not give states “the right to some to sit in judgement over others”.